Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli


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Mr. Hatch goes about the same routine every day. Everything changes when the postman delivers a large box of chocolates with a message from a secret admirer. Mr. Hatch suddenly feels loved, appreciated, and begins to spread happiness to everyone he meets. Then the postman realizes he delivered the package to the wrong address. Mr. Hatch’s initial sadness is replaced with joy when he discovers he is a very important part of the community.

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  • Reread text.
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